Recent worldwide media attention has put unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in the spotlight. Their many different applications make for great headlines – they are being used for military purposes, for development aid, and for parcel delivery. Some organizations are using UAVs specifically because of this high level of interest. Good examples are the world’s largest online retailer, Amazon and the world´s largest logistics company DPDHL, which are testing UAV delivery. And countless start-ups have jumped on the bandwagon to gain publicity and boost sales. However, for any emerging technology, it can be a double-edged sword to attract a lot of attention.


There may be considerable benefits from all the limelight; for example, a new technology could stand more chance of receiving subsidies if considered ‘of national importance’. But there is also the danger of creating false expectations – too much initial hype can leave people disillusioned and disappointed after the dust has settled – and there may be a public backlash against the perceived power of new technology to substantially influence and alter our everyday lives.


Property International now introduces services driven by the UAVs or drone-based technology to offer surveying, real estate and town planning consulting services. One such area requiring drone consulting services is the energy infrastructure. For big energy players, it is tedious and costly to constantly monitor their infrastructure.


This can be due to the vast size of energy sites (mining), the scale of the infrastructure (power lines, pipelines), or the challenging environment. UAVs can be operated more economically than manned helicopters; they are less limited by weather conditions and easier to deploy. They can be operated in extreme weather conditions and in geographically challenging locations without putting personnel at risk. Another advantage is that UAVs can follow a preprogrammed flight path, and fly closer to both the infrastructure and the ground.


Secondly, in agriculture and forestry, UAVs are already playing a vital role today. They allow farmers to gather real-time data on crops, detect irregularities as early as possible, and take better decisions about using fertilizers, herbicides, and pesticides. In addition, animal tracking is another task well suited to the capabilities of UAVs. In forestry, an example of how to use unmanned aerial systems is spotting and mapping forest fires. These and many more will now be available to end uses at Property International.


Thirdly, the drones can also offer site and town planning in the construction sector and other industries can also benefit in several ways from the use of unmanned aerial systems. The simplest application is analyzing a site from above, using live footage from a UAV.


This gives an overview of the site and indication of site specifics. Automation of aerial data collection makes the drones attractive option for even those not versed in photogrammetric science.


In conclusion, with the introduction of drone based topographic survey, our clients can now expect delivery of innovative land surveying, spatial information and town planning consulting services at unprecedented professional levels right here in Tanzania. Further, the technology shall enable PIL to provide faster and more cost-effective solutions on large scale projects.